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  2. Creating fiction surrounding Norman Bethune

    One notices more history and biography conveyed through fiction now. They are all recreative acts. David Grubin who made a documentary about the Buddha https://goo.gl/3aWkiv said, "The fact that there isn't much known about the Buddha was actually my release. That is, I made the problem into the solution... I'm interested in the meaning of the story and the message of hope it carries today... So that allowed me to focus on the archetypal story, the spiritual, inner journey."
  3. Creating fiction surrounding Norman Bethune

    I don't think this is a bad idea at all. I'm actually looking up the real story of Norman Bethune as I'm reading the book.
  4. It made me look into an in-depth look at his life. After reading the Communist’s Daughter I then read Adrienne Clarkson’s book “Norman Bethune” which is one of the Extraordinary Canadians series. Now I would like to reread the Communist’s Daughter and marry it with his factual life.
  5. Page112. An interesting read so far!
  6. I thought it was a marvelous book; I couldn't put it down. I didn't know too much about the three wars Dr. Bethune had attended, and this book really showed the horrors that he experienced. I checked out Dr. Bethune on Wikipedia and found that a lot of the main points in his life were included in the book.
  7. Creating fiction surrounding Norman Bethune

    A novelist can go beyond the documentary record to portray a life more wholly, especially the emotional and spiritual terrain that doesn't show up so well, or at all, in traditional biographies... and that is why I appreciate this biography.
  8. Creating fiction surrounding Norman Bethune

    I thought using fiction around a real life hero was a great idea. The story made me feel like I understood more Dr. Bethune's struggles in life.
  9. Creating fiction surrounding Norman Bethune

    Using a historical figure to invent a fictional story could cause erroneous beliefs. Would one know this is a fictional work when reading it or in the future confuse it as fact?
  10. Creating fiction surrounding Norman Bethune

    I would say that is a slippery slope because of the vagaries of memory what is true and what is fiction.
  11. Creating fiction surrounding Norman Bethune

    I think creating fiction about a real person can be good. IF, and only if, done in the right context. Not to mention done with care and research.
  12. What did you think of The Communist's Daughter as a novel? Share your thoughts on the characters, story, setting and anything else you'd like to chat about!
  13. Let us know what page your on and what your thoughts are so far! This will prevent any spoilers by allowing you to join conversations with people who have read as far as you have.
  14. Norman Bethune is a well known historical figure, considered a visionary for his contributions to modern medicine. What were/are your thoughts about taking a real person and devising a fictional story around his life?
  15. Ber Carroll is back with her title Once Lost

    I loved this book, once I got into it I couldn't put it down. Its very interesting and fun to read other people's comments. Great idea
  16. Ber Carroll is back with her title Once Lost

    I thourouly enjoyed this book, the characters were very real, a mental illness is definitely not easy, it's very sad the help needed wasn't received as is often the case.
  17. Ber Carroll is back with her title Once Lost

    Oops - forgot I wanted to say something about the last part of your post, Rowena! Having a mental illness is certainly no picnic. And it's easy to misjudge people - like Louise's mum and say she was selfish for walking out without a word to anyone, but if you're in that situation and not thinking straight, it might not be possible to see any other options. Such a shame she didn't see talk to a GP about how she was feeling - medication might have made a world of difference... But I can understand why people don't see a health professional - there's a good chance that if I was in her shoes, I'd be one of the ones struggling on thinking I could manage on my own, even when I clearly couldn't... So much easier to be objective in hindsight - when you're in the thick of things, it's hard to see the forest for the trees!
  18. Ber Carroll is back with her title Once Lost

    I have to say that I thought Emma's "overprotectiveness" (is that a word?!) of Isla was more of a way of trying to retain control - because if Jamie cleaned himself up and Isla was moderately happy to go over to his place, then Emma was no longer in control of the situation because she'd be expected to relinquish more of her time with Isla to Jamie. However, if she could keep saying that he couldn't be trusted, then there would be no expectation that he could have any more than basic access to Isla. But in the end - **possible spoiler for anyone not finished** - I guess I misjudged her in that...
  19. Ber Carroll is back with her title Once Lost

    I will be following and reading this author. She fully understands that life is illogical and frustrating so often, and having the good friends featured here to support you in these times is a real the onrunning story of the portrait melds so well adding texture and balance. Congratulations on a great read.
  20. Ber Carroll is back with her title Once Lost

    Well. I finished it... and with a day to spare. I will even admit to crying through the last chapter. It all resolved in the end. I found Emma a little over-the-top with her protection of Isla, and was wanting her to give Jamie more of a chance, until her fears were realised. I was really glad that Analiese voiced what I had been thinking about the connection between Genevieve and Louise. (I am trying not to be a spoiler). The whole mental illness thing is very current in NZ at the moment, with everything from health funding to our terrible youth suicide rate, becoming election issues. (The election is this weekend). It is recognized that we need to do something.
  21. Ber Carroll is back with her title Once Lost

    Yes, I finished the book today and agree that it was a great read (4 stars, I think), and the swearing was worse in the beginning, although it did continue throughout - in all of Emma's chapters. I suppose she isn't necessarily trying to make a statement that most poor people swear, but it did create a bit of a different "voice" between the two characters - it was easy to tell which was which if you lost track part-way through a chapter!! However, I think they were different enough anyway without the distinction in swearing! As Kerry says, it will be interesting to read more of Ber Carroll's books. She's been quite prolific!
  22. Ber Carroll is back with her title Once Lost

    I totally agree!! Now I'm worried that I'm so conditioned to swearing it doesn't even register !
  23. Ber Carroll is back with her title Once Lost

    Slight spoiler for anyone not up to 65% of the way through the book: As Emma is wondering about Louise's new relationship and is thinking of reasons that it might not work out in the hope that she won't "lose" Louise to a new man and Australia, I can find myself identifying with her as one of my best friends recently told me she was marrying a New Zealand man. Since we live in Brisbane, I immediately was filled with a sense of loss (even while congratulating her!) because if they lived in NZ, I'd see her very infrequently, despite NZ being closer to Australia than Ireland. Happily they've decided he's going to move over here, so I'm very interested to see what becomes of Louise and her relationship, and Emma...
  24. Ber Carroll is back with her title Once Lost

    The swearing is mainly at the beginning so it is worth reading the book as it is good, I thought the swearing was unnecessary, perhaps it was to show that Emma lived in a small apartment in a poor suburb of Dublin and had not much money, still not all poor people swear.
  25. Ber Carroll is back with her title Once Lost

    I have not read any other books by Ber Carroll and I really enjoyed this one. The characters were believable and the issues were handled with insight and sensitivity. I am looking forward to reading more books by Ber Carroll.
  26. Ber Carroll is back with her title Once Lost

    I doubt that I'll finish this in 24 hours! But I am really enjoying it and am snatching every moment to read it that I can. I'm about a third of the way through...
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